Cristina Sanders

Cristina Sanders is an historical fiction writer from Wellington, now living in Hawke's Bay. She has a book review blog and writes about history, travel and running. She began her career in the book trade in the Gateway Children's Bookshop and some years with Collins Publishers in NZ, Hodder & Stoughton in London and back to Booksellers New Zealand, followed by a business career. In 2018 she completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing at Whitireia.

Her debut novel, Jerningham, about Jerningham Wakefield and the recklessness of colonial New Zealand, was published by The Cuba Press in June 2020 and shortlisted for the NZ Heritage Literary Awards.

In 2020 she won the Storylines Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished YA manuscript, with a novel about immigrant families in the 1870s. This became Displaced, published by Walker Books in April 2021.


Genre:

  • Adult Fiction
  • Feature Articles
  • Fiction
  • History
  • Web Writing
  • Young Adult

Skills:

  • Editing
  • Novelist
  • Proofreading
  • Website Content

Branch:

Central Districts

Location:

Havelock North

Publications:


Jerningham

Edward Jerningham Wakefield was the wild-child of the Wakefield family that set up the New Zealand Company to bring the first settlers to this country. His story is told through the eyes of bookkeeper Arthur Lugg, who is tasked by Colonel William Wakefield to keep tabs on his brilliant but unstable nephew.

As trouble brews between settlers, government, missionaries and Māori over land and souls and rights, Jerningham is at the heart of it, blurring the line between friendship and exploitation and spinning the hapless Lugg in his wake.

Alive with historical detail, Jerningham tells a vivid and important story of Wellington’s colonial beginnings and of a charismatic young man’s rise and inevitable fall.

Published by The Cuba Press, June 2020

Displaced

Winner of the 2020 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, Displaced is the story of  Eloise and her family, who must leave Cornwall on a treacherous sea journey to start a new life in 1870s colonial New Zealand. On the voyage Eloise meets Lars, a Norwegian labourer travelling below decks, and their lives begin to intertwine.

When her brother disappears, her father leaves and the family are left to fend for themselves in their new home, Eloise must find the strength to stand up for what she believes in and the people she loves.

Published by Walker Books April 2021